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How to be an advocate

By | December 3, 2007

This morning, a group of panelists issued a call to action to a standing-room-only crowd at the American Society for Cell Biology's 47th Annual Meeting: Scientists must get involved in policy issues, and they have to start now. The session - which included scientists, a congressional staffer, and other advocates - focused on linkurl:how scientists can become involved;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53611/ in advocating for federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research. It&

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ID a factor in tenure denial?

By | December 3, 2007

Iowa State University has denied tenure to Guillermo Gonzalez, an astronomer who has publicly supported intelligent design. One of his colleagues told the Des Moines Register that he thought the decision was based partly on Gonzalez's statements on the subject. When the school announced the decision last spring, officials said it was based on his publication record. But the linkurl:__Des Moines Register__;http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071201/NEWS02/712010318/100

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NIH: Gene therapy didn't cause death

By | December 3, 2007

An experimental gene therapy treatment did not cause a patient's linkurl:death;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53453/ earlier this year, according to a federal advisory committee. The National Institutes of Health's Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee announced the findings this morning (Dec. 3) and made recommendations to alter the design of the study, which was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration to linkurl:resume;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53886/ last week.

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Woes for Mass. biotech council

By | December 3, 2007

The $1 billion linkurl:life sciences initiative;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53359/ posed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is dealing with some scrutiny lately. The new president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council faces a state ethics investigation about his transition from the public to the private sector, and has declined to publicly discuss the bill. Massachusetts Biotechnology Council President Robert Coughlin has announced he will not publicly discuss the bill,

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Banned scientist now at Schering-Plough

By | November 30, 2007

A scientist that the University of Washington found guilty of research misconduct is now an employee of the pharmaceutical company, linkurl:Schering-Plough.;http://www.sch-plough.com In an Email to __The Scientist__, a company spokesperson, Stephen Galpin, confirmed that Scott Brodie, a former UW researcher, "is a current employee and that we recently became aware of the University of Washington investigation." The university's investigation into Brodie's work found 15 instances of faked data,

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Embargoes, the NY Times, and the WHO

By | November 30, 2007

For the next two weeks, if you want news about the World Health Organization (WHO), you may have to consult sources other than __The New York Times__. According to an Email I just received from the WHO, the organization has suspended the __Times__ from its media distribution list for two weeks after the newspaper broke an embargo on a linkurl:story on measles deaths. ;http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/29/world/africa/29briefs-measles.html?_r=1&oref=slogin (They've dropped sharply, it turns out.) ''

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Groups mark World AIDS Day 2007

By | November 30, 2007

Tomorrow (Dec. 1) is the 20th annual linkurl:World AIDS Day, ;http://www.worldaidscampaign.info/static/en/wac/world_aids_day__1/world_aids_day_2007/and several health, advocacy, and research organizations are marking the event. Several organizations, including The American Medical Student Association and the Global AIDS alliance, are staging a linkurl:rally;http://www.worldaidscampaign.info/static/en/campaigns/in_country_campaigns/north_america/usa/ outside the White House to demand increased f

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NIH botched biolab safety study: NRC

By | November 30, 2007

The NIH's safety assessment of a linkurl:controversial Boston University laboratory;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24679/ did not thoroughly develop worst case scenarios or adequately compare safety risks at other proposed sites, finds a linkurl:National Research Council report.;http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12073 The council released its 28-page report yesterday (November 29th) after the Massachusetts government commissioned it to review the NIH appraisal, which had linku

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Pluripotency without tumors?

By | November 30, 2007

Japanese researchers who linkurl:reprogrammed;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53873/ pluripotency into adult human skin cells say they have improved the technique, according to a linkurl:paper;http://www.nature.com/nbt published online today (Nov. 30) in Nature Biotechnology. linkurl:Shinya Yamanaka;http://www.frontier.kyoto-u.ac.jp/rc02/kyojuE.html of Kyoto University and his colleagues originally used four transcription factors to induce pluripotency in linkurl:mouse;http://www.the

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Chair named for ousted surgeon

By | November 29, 2007

After spending millions on behalf of a heart surgeon's legal dispute, the University of Minnesota has agreed to shell out another half million honoring his name. linkurl:John Najarian,;http://www.surg.umn.edu/surgery/faculty/najarian_john_s.html a heart surgeon formerly at the center of a major legal dispute between the University of Minnesota and the US government, will lend his name to a newly endowed chair at the university, the __Pioneer Press__ linkurl:reported;http://tinyurl.com/2xlx59 thi

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